- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexicans are celebrating Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Oscar win for best director, the third straight for a Mexican, with President Enrique Pena Nieto writing that the filmmaker had made his country proud.

Pena Nieto also sent tweets late Sunday night congratulating Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki for his third win in a row in that category, an unprecedented feat.

“I can’t believe this is happening,” Inarritu said during the ceremony. “It’s amazing to receive this award tonight, but it is much more beautiful for me to share it with all of the talented and crazy cast and colleagues and crew members.”

The directing category has historically been dominated by Americans, but things have changed since 2014, when Alfonso Cuaron won for his film “Gravity.” Gonzalez Inarritu won last year for “Birdman” and won again this year for “The Revenant.”

Following the awards ceremony, a few dozen Mexicans even turned out at one of Mexico City’s main monuments shortly before midnight Sunday to celebrate those awards and DiCaprio’s prize for best actor.

Some chanted, “Leo, brother, you’re Mexican now!”


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